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The Resource Hispanicism and early US literature : Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the origins of US national identity, John C. Havard

Hispanicism and early US literature : Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the origins of US national identity, John C. Havard

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Hispanicism and early US literature : Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the origins of US national identity
Title
Hispanicism and early US literature
Title remainder
Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the origins of US national identity
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John C. Havard
Title variation
Hispanicism and early United States literature
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Language
eng
Summary
In Hispanicism and Early US Literature, author John C. Havard posits that representations of Spain, Spanish America, Spanishness, and Spanish Americanness are integral elements in the evolution of early national and antebellum US literature. He argues that Spanish-speaking countries have long held a broad fascination for Americans and that stock narratives regarding these peoples were central to the period’s US literature. Beginning with the work of eighteenth-century literary nationalists such as Joel Barlow, US literature has been drawn to reflect on Spain and Spanish America. Such reflection was often inspired by geopolitical conflicts such as US expansion into Spanish Louisiana and the US-Mexican War. Havard terms the discourse emerging from these reflections “Hispanicism.” This discourse was used to portray the dominant viewpoint of classical liberalism that propounded an American exceptionalism premised on the idea that Hispanophone peoples were comparatively lacking the capacity for self-determination, hence rationalizing imperialism. On the conservative side were warnings against progress through conquest. Havard delves into selected works of early national and antebellum literature on Spain and Spanish America to illuminate US national identity. Poetry and novels by Joel Barlow, James Fenimore Cooper, and Herman Melville are mined to further his arguments regarding identity, liberalism, and conservatism. Understudied authors Mary Peabody Mann and José Antonio Saco are held up to contrast American and Cuban views on Hispanicism and Cuban annexation as well as to develop the focus on nationality and ideology via differences in views on liberalism. More than just a work of literary criticism, there is a substantial amount of cultural and political history discussed. Havard’s use of archival sources such as political articles and personal correspondence elucidates not just literary genres and movements such as early national epic poetry, abolitionist fiction, and the American Renaissance, but also US culture writ large. --
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non fiction
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  • American literature
  • American literature
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • American literature
  • American literature
  • Latin America
  • Spain
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Hispanicism and early US literature : Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the origins of US national identity, John C. Havard
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Joel Barlow's The vision of Columbus and the Columbiad: US national identity and Spain -- James Fenimore Cooper's Mercedes of Castile and Jack Tier: realism and hispanicism -- Herman Melville's "Benito Cereno" as critique of hispanicist exceptionalism: cosmopolitanism and ironizing identity -- Mary Peabody Mann's Juanita: Cuba and US national identity -- Jose Antonio Saco's antiannexationist essays: Cuba, hispanicism, and national identity -- Epilogue: The hispanicist forebears of 1898
Control code
on1004981727
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 212 pages
Isbn
9780817319779
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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(OCoLC)1004981727
Label
Hispanicism and early US literature : Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the origins of US national identity, John C. Havard
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Joel Barlow's The vision of Columbus and the Columbiad: US national identity and Spain -- James Fenimore Cooper's Mercedes of Castile and Jack Tier: realism and hispanicism -- Herman Melville's "Benito Cereno" as critique of hispanicist exceptionalism: cosmopolitanism and ironizing identity -- Mary Peabody Mann's Juanita: Cuba and US national identity -- Jose Antonio Saco's antiannexationist essays: Cuba, hispanicism, and national identity -- Epilogue: The hispanicist forebears of 1898
Control code
on1004981727
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 212 pages
Isbn
9780817319779
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1004981727

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